OUR CHAPEL VERSE
PSALMS 23:1-6 (KJV)
A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
OUR VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES
- To be a church-home for everyone.
- To align our church with the vision of the Apostolic Old Catholic Church.
- To love God by committing ourselves to prayer, to worship, to the sacraments and to the church.
- To love people by committing ourselves to social justice, eradication of discrimination and to serve the needs of people.
- To establish and plant churches in different key cities of the Philippines.
- To align our church with the mission of the Apostolic Old Catholic Church.
OUR CORE VALUES
- LOVE – This is the core principle of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- DISCIPLESHIP – Christ is not looking for church members but he is looking for disciples.
- ECUMENICAL SPIRIT – We strive and promote the message of unity among all Christians and different religions.
- COMMUNITY – We are small congregations connected to the Body of Christ by aligning or connecting ourselves with the Apostolic Old Catholic Church Denomination.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE EKKLESIA TOU THEOU – CHURCH OF GOD
3.1 Triune God This church and all persons in communion therewith shall confess One True God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and Jesus Christ as God the Son incarnate.
3.2 Nicene Creed The Creed associated with the Council of Constantinople of A.D. 381 (The Nicene Creed) shall be accepted as the definition of Christianity, and as a valid statement of Trinitarian Theology, and Christology.
3.3 Apostles’ Creed The Apostles’ Creed shall be accepted as a valid statement of faith.
3.4 Athanasian Creed The Athanasian Creed shall be accepted as a valid statement of faith.
3.5 Scripture, Tradition, and Reason The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the Traditions of the Church, and Human Reason and Experience shall be the three pillars of Truth by which inspiration, revelation, law, and truth may be tested.
3.6 One Church This church confesses that Jesus Christ sought His Church to be one Body which unites all of humanity. To this end, this church shall:
3.6.1 maintain its membership open to all persons who are in agreement with its doctrinal position and desire to be members
3.6.2 maintain to its best ability an active role in the ecumenical movement, keeping in touch with the remainder of the Church and striving toward the visible unity thereof.
3.7 Nondiscrimination This church shall hold no regard for a person’s race, color, gender, sexual orientation or preference, nationality, or socioeconomic class.
PRINCIPLES OF CATHOLICITY
4.1 The principles of Catholicity on which the Ekklesia tou Theou – Church of God is based are Christian teachings and include the recognition that people, rather than structure and governance, must always predominate in how the church understands itself, undertakes governance, and meets ministry needs.
4.2 First and foremost, we are a people for whom the celebration of Holy Eucharist is the center of our community life of worship, and the primary reason we gather weekly to express our communion in life of the Trinity. This is the gift that Christ gives to the Church. It belongs to the church, which is why we never celebrate the Eucharist without the presence of the laity.
4.3 Baptism is our entry into Eucharist, the base from which we experience our call to ministry whether clergy and laity. It gives each of us different roles to share in the leadership of the Church. One is baptized into the Church. Which is the Body of Christ on earth.
4.4 Scripture and Tradition form an inseparable bond that transmits the faith of the apostles.
4.5 We believe that Baptism and Eucharist are the principal sacraments because they were instituted directly by Christ and the other “five flow from and locate their power in the principal two sacraments.” Robert V. Caruso (The Old Catholic Church.)
4.6 We accept that the Nicene and Apostle’s Creed are testaments of our faith because they have been accepted as the statement of faith for The Christian Church ecumenically and handed down from the early church.
4.7 The Local Universal Church is fully expressed when the Bishop is gathered with Clergy and Laity in synodal gathering (conference) to worship and to discern our calling, and to make decisions regarding our common life in the Church. The Church is the place where the “Equality before God of all people” is recognized.
4.8 We recognized the historic three-fold ministry and recognize that the ordained ministry is expressed by the ministry of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. We affirm the ministry of the laity in the church and the world.
4.9 The gift of apostolic succession belongs to the whole church, not one individual. This has as its local expression when the clergy and laity elects the Bishop of the local church, and its universal expression is demonstrated when the election is confirmed from a college of bishops by the consecration of the person selected by the local church. This is further guaranteed by the living the teachings of the apostles in the life of our church.
4.10 In a church with a Eucharistic Ecclesiology, the church is fully recognized when it gathers in assembly to worship at the Altar with the Bishop, Presbyters, Deacons and Laity celebrating our life in Christ together. It is further recognized when we gather in (Synod) Conference as we share authority for the mission and ministry of the church. Each ministry has its own unique role in expressing that authority in the life of the Church.
5.1 We believe that Baptism and Eucharist are the principal sacraments because they were instituted directly by Christ and the other “five flow from and locate their power in the principal two sacraments.” Robert V. Caruso (The Old Catholic Church.)
5.2 Baptism Holy Baptism shall be the primary sacrament, the act by which God accepts a person as His reborn child, and sends to that child the Holy Spirit.
5.2.2 Baptism is the first call to ministry for all Christians. As the Creed teaches, there is but one Baptism, whether of an infant or an adult, and that Baptism determines membership in the Church. This denomination shall recognize as valid the baptism of any other Christian denomination provided such baptism was performed with water in the Name of the Triune God.
5.2.3 Never shall a baptized person knowingly be rebaptized, for to do so would be an act of unfaith and denial of God’s infinite Grace.
5.3 Eucharist The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament through which the baptized are fed with the real and substantial Body and Blood of Christ. This sacrament shall constitute the essence of the worship of this church, and all celebrations thereof shall be open to all who are baptized, confess the Creedal Faith, and believe that they are receiving the true Body and Blood of Christ. Inability to confess or believe because of age, mental capacity, or other physical reason shall not be held as a barrier to Communion.
5.4 Minor Sacraments The five traditional minor sacraments shall also be performed by this church.
5.4.1 Penance. In penance Christians receive grace by confessing their sins and offering a sincere attempt to amend their ways.
5.4.2 Unction. By unction the sick are anointed to receive grace as a means of comfort and assurance of love in times of trouble.
5.4.3 Confirmation. By confirmation Christians publicly confess their faith in the Lord and commit themselves to Him.
5.4.4 Marriage. By marriage people commit themselves to one another so that together they may better serve God and humanity.
5.4.5 Ordination. Through ordination Christians make commitments to one of the special, consecrated, permanent ministries of the Church.
OUR LOCAL CHURCH COUNCIL
- Rev. Fr. Regen R. Luna, SSD – Pastor & Parish Priest
- Br. AR Rivera, SSD RN – Assistant Pastor
- Br. Raymond Aries, SSD – Secretary
- Br. Noel Blanco, SSD – Treasurer
- Br. Jerome Subang, SSD – Lay Delegate
OUR PASTOR & PARISH PRIEST
Rev. Fr. Regen R. Luna has been in the ministry for the past 20 years. He started as worship leader, musician, vocal coach, music director, choir director, youth leader and Sunday School teacher at the Word of Life Christian Global Missions, a non sectarian, full gospel, bible based, Christ centered, Pentecostal church from 1993 till 1999. He became a member of MCC Manila in 2000 and in 2001 he was being trained as an Assistant Pastor under the term of Rev. Edgar Mendoza. In 2003 till 2004 he served as a musician and a youth pastor at God’s Glorious Community Ministries International, another pentecostal church in Dasmarinas Cavite.
In 2005 he was called by God to the Interim Pastoral Leader of the Metropolitan Community Church Philippines and ended his term in 2008. In 2010 he became a member of the Christian United Church and was appointed Local Pastor and Probationary Elder by the Most Rev. Bishop David C. Strong. Last June 12, 2011 Pentecost Sunday, he was ordained as Elder of the Christian United Church now known as the Apostolic Old Catholic Church and a priest of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit in the Philippines by Bishop Richard Mickley, CDOS PhD. Bishop Strong also appointed Rev. Fr. Regen R. Luna as Dean of the CUC Missionary Conference for Southeast Asia.
He now serves as Pastor of Church of God in union with the Apostolic Old Catholic Church and the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit in Dasmariñas Cavite, Philippines.
UNOFFICIAL PHOTOS OF THE ORDINATION
MORE ABOUT OUR PASTOR:
- Official Photos of the Ordination from Bro. Jed Yumang MCCPhilippines
- His Spiritual Journey
- Message from Bishop David Strong, Presiding Bishop of the Christian United Church, Seattle Washington USA.
- Message from Bishop James H. Burch, Senior Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit, Clifton Virginia, USA.
- Message from Bishop Richard R. Mickley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit in the Philippines
- Message from Rev. Dr. Sergio Arevalo Jr., President of the Good Shepherd Seminary, California USA.
- Message from Rev. Szymon Niemec, Dean of the Christian United Church Missionary Conference of Europe
- Message from Rev. Aj Severns, Pastor of St. Francis the Assisi Church-CUC, Nebraska USA.
- Message from Br. Chrystoph Damien, Pastor of the Evangelical Carmelite of the Divine Paraclete Independent Catholic Mission in Malaysia
- Message from Ptr. Lino Tan Lee, Interim Pastoral Leader of the Metropolitan Community Church Philippines.
- Message from Ptr. Edgardo Consantino, Present Interim Pastoral Leader of the Metropolitan Community Church Philippines.